I believe that right now the Holy Spirit is doing his very best to MOVE UPON the people of God.

We must listen.
We must obey.
We must stand at the ready.
We must open our hearts.
We must allow the Spirit of God to speak to us.

Open us up O God!
Help us keep our eyes upon Jesus!

Don’t let the enemy lead you to believe that your prayers matter little.

The fact is, your prayers matter much.

When a child of the living God prays, there is divine unction behind that prayer.

Now, with this being said, I am believing for a sovereign move of God, not only upon the church, but upon the nation.
A sovereign move of God is entirely possible, but…
God has committed himself to WORK THROUGH PEOPLE.

In fact, nearly 100% of the time, the Lord will work through people. Working through the body has always been his plan.

We often wonder why it is that God wants us to pray and seek him, and ask him for things, when he already knows very well what we need.
The simple truth is that the Lord has committed himself to work through a body.

➡️ The body of Christ is SO VITAL IN THE EARTH RIGHT NOW, maybe more so than at any other time.

Scripture declares that Jesus is the head, and I’ve never seen a head do anything without ENGAGING the body it is connected to.

So Jesus works through us, nearly every time.

He says this…

Matthew 7:7-11 NKJV
[7] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. [8] For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. [9] Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? [10] Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? [11] If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

The asking is vital.
The seeking is vital.
The knocking is vital.

We cannot give up on OUR PART of this thing we call the body of Christ.

God wants us to do our part!

In fact, other translations bring out the truth of this verse even more in alignment with the original Greek wording, when they render it like this…

Matthew 7:7 NLTse
[7] “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:8 AMPC
[8] For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

But WHY the “keep on” terminology?
Why can’t I just pray ONE PRAYER, in faith, and wait for the answer?

We are to wait on the Lord…it’s a biblical process.

However, at the same time the Lord implores us to ask again, and again, and again. Not in mindless repetition, but in sincere faith.

Why is this?

It’s because our PRAYERS BUILD UPON ONE ANOTHER.

They keep on building up until something happens.
That’s why you should not quit praying.
This is why you keep on asking.
Your prayers are building up before the Lord!

Here’s the idea that the Lord placed in my heart…

WE MUST PRAY UNTIL THERE IS DIVINE RELEASE.

Furthermore, divine release is coming!🙌🏻🙌🏻

The Lord stores our prayers in heaven, and they build upon one another, until faith is built and grown for that which we are praying, and when it comes to completion, then like water flowing over a dam, the divine release to our prayer begins to flow…first a little, then an unstoppable force!
The book of Revelation gives us a picture of this “storing up” of our prayers that we are talking about.

Revelation 5:8 NKJV
[8] Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

So it makes perfect sense, according to this verse, to say that our prayers build upon one another until the level of faith is FULL MEASURE, and then, like water flowing over the sides, our answer comes in a divine release of the power of God.

The simple idea is this…
IT’S TIME TO RELEASE OUR FAITH IN THE POWER OF GOD, KEEP PRAYING, KEEP SEEKING, KEEP KNOCKING UNTIL THE DIVINE RELEASE OF GOD POURS OVER US, AND OUR LIFE, AND OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR NATION.

I believe… “Every time you pray you move FORWARD.”

The answer may not completely have come to fruition yet, but you’ve moved towards the divine release EVERY time you pray!

You might not see everything you have believed for coming to pass YET, but you have moved forward towards the release.

When you declare the scripture over your life, you are storing up faith and power for the divine release, in fact, you are RELEASING LIFE over your situation when you declare scripture over yourself.

When you pray, your prayers are building up before the throne of God, and at the full measure of faith…God will move.

Maybe you don’t believe this…
Here’s how the Bible described it in one place…

Mark 6:1-6 NKJV
[1] Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. [2] And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! [3] Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. [4] But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” [5] Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. [6] And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

The book of Matthew takes the message of this passage further…

Matthew 13:58 NKJV
[58] Now He did not do many mighty works there BECAUSE of their unbelief.

So, in other words, there was enough faith present to heal a few people, but not enough faith present to do truly MIGHTY WORKS in that town.

Let me ask you, are you filling up your prayer bowl with prayers of faith, and seeking God with faith, enough to cause it to overflow with a divine release?

Maybe the one of the reasons we must wait on the Lord is that it’s not yet time for RELEASE because our faith has not yet risen to the level of RELEASE.

Not only our faith, but maybe God is waiting on us to pray and seek him MORE, thus establishing release.

Jesus even backs up this idea as he often asked people about their faith.

Matthew 9:27-29 NKJV
[27] When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” [28] And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” [29] Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”

What about when we absolutely KNOW that something is the will of the Lord, do we have to pray for it or about it, or do we simply believe it?

These blind men didn’t KNOW at that time that healing was the will of God for them, so they had not spent a lot of time asking, but oftentimes, we KNOW because of scripture that something is or is not the will of God, so do we still keep on asking, seeking, and knocking?

The answer, I believe, is YES!

Take Elijah for example.
The Bible says…

1 Kings 18:1 NKJV
[1] And it came to pass after many days that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.”

Here is the simple word of the Lord.
“Elijah, you go and present yourself, and I will send rain…this is my will…this is what I’m going to do.”

Pretty simple to see that RAIN was now the will of the Lord, but something happens, and later on we see Elijah doing something IN RESPONSE to the word of the Lord and the will of God.

1 Kings 18:41-44 NKJV
[41] Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” [42] So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, [43] and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”

Rain was the word of the Lord.
Rain was the will of God.
Rain was the miracle in the making.
Rain was the divine release.

Yet…SEVEN TIMES…Elijah, the great man of God, prophet, the miracle worker…HAD TO PRAY IN FAITH.

How do we know it was in faith? Because EACH TIME, he believed his prayer would be answered, so he SENT HIS SERVANT TO LOOK FOR THE ANSWER.

[44] Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.'”

The cloud looked small, the answer started small, but it was the beginning of a torrent of divine release!

Let me tell you…
The divine release builds upon itself UNTIL it reaches FULNESS…THEN the Lord MOVES SOVEREIGNLY AS ONLY HE CAN MOVE.

So continue praying.
Continue seeking.
Don’t give up, people of God.
Don’t give up on your prayers.
Don’t give up on God.

Could it be that your NEXT PRAYER is the tipping point?
Could it be that the NEXT ACT OF FAITH you show is the fulness?

Just as ONE NAIL does not make a house, but MANY NAILS create the structure and hold it together, SO ALSO our prayers and our faith BUILD UPON EACH OTHER until they are fully ready and then divine release happens.

I want to encourage you with God’s Word…
The Bible says…

1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV
[19] Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Listen, YOU ARE NOW THE TEMPLE OF GOD!
He lives in YOU.
The glory of God, the glory of God that builds upon itself…going from glory to glory, to glory…now lives IN YOU.

So I encourage you to:
RELEASE his word from your lips in a declaration of faith until the prayer bowl is full.

What do I release?
Verses like this…

Isaiah 54:17 NKJV
[17] No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.

And this…

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
[5] But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Or turn the scripture into a declaration…I do this all the time…for instance…

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
[5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; [6] In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

MY DECLARATION FROM THIS: “I declare that God will lead me and guide me into the right path in every decision.”

But not only is declaration in faith important, SO ARE your PRAYERS.

You RELEASE your faith through your prayers.
Just like Elijah sent the servant to LOOK every time he prayed because he believed he would SEE the answer coming.

Prayer not only ACTIVATES God’s word, but it releases FAITH by implying that we TRUST GOD ENOUGH to PRAY!

So I’m telling you:
This is NOT the time for the church to roll over.

This is NOT the time for the people of God to stop praying for revival, miracles, the salvation of our friends and family, the release of God’s Spirit upon our nation, or even for national renewal and revival.

God CAN and God WILL sovereignly move upon all the things you are believing for by faith…if you will continue to build up your prayers until they bring divine release.

So instead of passively waiting on God, maybe we need to recognize that he is waiting on us to WAIT in faith, and WAIT in prayer, and WAIT in declaration until the fulness comes.

Divine release is coming…will you be ready receive it?


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Larry Shankle

My heart is for the church that Jesus is building and returning for...the church that the gates of hell will not prevail against.
More than anything, the desire of my heart is to see the greatest revival of the Holy Spirit, salvations, spiritual awakening, and for the miraculous to come back to the church, preparing believers for the return of Jesus.

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